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Lawmakers Seek to Address Federal Duplication Through Bipartisan Bill


House and Senate lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require federal agency executives to address redundancies uncovered by the Government Accountability Office, Federal Times reported Thursday. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) cosponsored the Getting Results through Enhanced Accountability and Transparency Act of 2016 with Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Rep. Steve …

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Christine Wormuth to Step Down as DoD Undersecretary for Policy in June

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Christine Wormuth, undersecretary for policy at the Defense Department, will leave her current position in June after more than seven years of service under the current administration. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement released Friday that Wormuth will be replaced by Brian McKeon, principal deputy defense undersecretary for policy, on an …

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Former SEC Senior Counsel Michael Missal Confirmed as Veterans Affairs IG

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The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Securities and Exchange Commission Senior Counsel Michael Missal as the new inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Jordain Carney writes the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee first approved Missal for the IG post in January to replace Richard Griffin, who held the …

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House, Senate Appropriators Include EHR Spending Restriction in $4.2B Veterans Affairs IT Package


Both appropriations panels of the House and Senate have approved $4.2 billion in funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs but places some restrictions on spending for the VA’s electronic health record modernization effort, FCW reported Wednesday. Aisha Chowdhry writes the VA is restricted from using 75 percent of VistA EHR update funds until …

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Sens. Kirk, Gillibrand Push New Bill to Speed Up Electronic Warfare Acquisition


Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have proposed a bill that seeks to provide the Defense Department with more flexibility in terms of allocation of funds for electronic warfare platforms. The proposed Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act would also incorporate EW platforms into the Rapid Acquisition Authority Program in an effort to …

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Report: Army Nominee Eric Fanning’s Agenda Includes Force Readiness, Rapid Acquisition


Eric Fanning, nominee for the U.S. Army secretary post, said he plans to explore strategies to ensure military personnel readiness and reverse a proposed brigade size reduction at the Army if confirmed, Defense News reported Thursday. Jen Judson writes Fanning also vowed to maximize the Army’s combat power during his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. …

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